OPINION: Slug Trump Fantasy? ‘Tough Guy’ Cuomo Gets Actual Fight Challenge From Ex-Slugger Dykstra

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is talking like a tough guy lately.

While speaking about President Trump on The Howard Stern Show this past week, Cuomo said if he wasn’t governor he would’ve “decked him.” Pretty strong words from the elected official who just may have been the weakest in dealing with the Chinese coronavirus.

“Take away that word governor for 24 hours, I would have had a field day with him (Trump),” Cuomo said. Curious comments on so many levels. First of all, is it really a big accomplishment or something to brag about, if you’re 62-years old and you feel you can beat up a 74-year old? Shouldn’t a younger man be able to hold his own against a much older senior citizen? Secondly, is it the ‘governor’ part that held Cuomo back, or is it really the ‘President’ part?

Assaulting the President of the United States is a federal felony. In fact, under the United States Code Title 18, Section 871, any threat to ‘inflict bodily harm upon’ the President of the United States is a felony as well. We’re talking lengthy jail time. Cuomo better word his weird fight fantasies carefully.

Just like Joe Biden’s odd remarks about physical violence toward Trump, Cuomo is talking about scenarios he knows will never materialize. “I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him,” Biden said of Trump during a speech at the University of Miami in 2018. It’s real easy to talk smack about someone when you know you’ll never have to come through on your tough talk. Like Twitter tough guys and Hollywood wimps who hide in their mansions, Cuomo and Biden say these wild things because they full well know that the actual throw down will probably never happen.

Along with waxing poetic about his strange fight fantasy, Cuomo also accused Trump of being “anti-Italian” during the Stern interview. Cuomo is apparently still steaming about Trump’s nickname for his brother, CNN’s Chris Cuomo. Trump has repeatedly called the younger Cuomo, ‘Fredo’, a reference to a weak-willed character in “The Godfather”.

While the Trump vs. Cuomo fisticuffs will likely not materialize, it looks like there is a real challenge now on the table for the Empire State’s top elected official. The man who claims he wants to slug President Trump is being challenged by a popular former slugger.

Lenny Dykstra, the former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies star, took to social media this past week to call out Cuomo and propose an idea in a short video.

“Hey, it’s Lenny Dykstra here, ‘Nails’, with a message for Andy Cuomo, Fredo’s brother, the governor, you know, whatever,” Dykstra said. “What’s up, tough guy? Heard you on my man Howard Stern’s show the other day talking about how if you weren’t governor of New York, you would deck President Trump. Really? Wow, what a bad ass.”

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Then ‘Nails” dropped the hammer:

“How about me and you get it on? How about instead of picking on someone ten years older, why not me and you get in the ring and we can do it anywhere you want to do it, even in one of them nursing homes where you killed people. That’s right. That’s right. I’ll sign whatever you need me to sign and give you consent and all that stuff and then we’ll be straight.”

Dykstra then pummeled Cuomo with cold, hard facts:

“Last thing, let me just say this. If you’re so concerned about racial slurs, how ’bout you and (New York City Mayor) de Blasio selectively enforcing the law with the way you pick on New York City’s religious Jews. Huh? What’s up with that? OK, look, I’m waiting. [The] best time to reach me is 24/7, we can get it on mano a mano. We’ll see how tough you are.”

While his approach may be a bit unorthodox, the 57-year old Dykstra raises valid points about Orthodox Jews, as well as Cuomo’s shoddy response to the pandemic that led to the deaths of at least 6,700 New Yorkers. That number only includes residents who died inside nursing homes, not the thousands more who died after being moved to hospitals.

Cuomo singled out the “religious practices” of Orthodox Jews as a cause of a coronavirus spike. Cuomo ordered lockdowns, drastically affecting Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods and places of worship. Cuomo also inexplicably accused some Jews of “never obeying (COVID) guidelines”.

If you know anything about Lenny Dykstra’s post-baseball life, you know he is not kidding. If Cuomo actually accepted this challenge, Dykstra would undoubtedly take him on. It’s a safe bet, however, that Cuomo will hide, just like most phony tough guys do. Cuomo is all talk. He would never stand a chance against the much older Trump, let alone Dykstra.

Perhaps the funniest part about all of this is the fact that Cuomo is a Mets fan. Now, one of the main cogs in the Mets 1986 attack, is ready to knock some sense into him. The 1986 club was the last Amazins squad it win it all. Dykstra’s clutch postseason home runs are remembered so fondly by Mets fans. How will Cuomo look back at that team now? It will be awkward at best. Just like his COVID-19 response.

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Follow Kevin Scholla on Twitter @kevinscholla

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